Mukuamu’s 3 interceptions help South Carolina shock No. 3 Georgia
Jake Fromm knew better than to blame host Georgia’s first loss on Rodrigo Blankenship’s missed 42-yard field goal attempt that ended the game.
It was four turnovers — on the usually rock-solid Fromm’s three interceptions and lost fumble — that put a big dent in the Bulldogs’ championship hopes.
Israel Mukuamu returned the first of his three interceptions 53 yards for a touchdown and visiting South Carolina took advantage of the turnovers to beat No. 3 Georgia 20-17 in double overtime on Saturday.
Parker White’s 23-yard field goal in the second overtime proved to be enough when Blankenship was wide left from 42 yards. Blankenship’s second miss of the game sent South Carolina players charging onto the field to celebrate the upset.
White missed a 33-yard attempt in the first overtime.
It was a humbling loss for Georgia (5-1, 2-1 SEC), which was favored by 24½ points against the Gamecocks (3-3, 2-2).
#1 Alabama 47, #24 Texas A&M 28: Tua Tagovailoa threw four touchdowns for the visitors and Alabama’s offense kept rolling in the Tide’s first game at No. 1 this season.
Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season but became Alabama’s career passing touchdowns leader with his first one of the game, breaking his tie with A.J. McCarron. The junior now has 81 for his career and leads the nation with 27 on the season.
Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) trailed briefly when Texas A&M (3-3, 1-2) scored a touchdown on its first possession.
#2 Clemson 45, Florida State 14: Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes, two to Justyn Ross, and host Clemson answered any lingering questions from its close call at North Carolina, winning its 21st straight game. Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) started 6-0 for a fifth straight year and beat the Seminoles (3-3, 2-2) for the fifth straight year
#5 LSU 42, No. 7 Florida 28: Joe Burrow passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and host LSU scored three consecutive touchdowns after falling behind early in the second half. Florida (6-1, 3-1) entered the game as the NCAA leader in interceptions and the SEC leader in sacks, but the Tigers (6-0, 2-0 SEC) totaled 511 yards without giving up a sack or turnover.
#6 Oklahoma 34, #11 Texas 27: Jalen Hurts threw three touchdown passes to CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma’s defense sacked Sam Ehlinger nine times and the visiting Sooners never trailed. The Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) stayed on track for a third straight trip to the College Football Playoff. The Longhorns (4-2, 2-1) are likely relegated to a spoiler role if there’s a second consecutive Big 12 title game between the rivals.
#8 Wisconsin 38, Michigan State 0: Jonathan Taylor rushed for two touchdowns, and host Wisconsin’s defense posted its fourth shutout of the season. The Spartans’ defense held Taylor to 80 yards on 26 carries, marking the first time this season the Heisman Trophy hopeful was held under 100. Jack Coan won his eighth straight start since last season for Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten); the Spartans (4-3, 2-2) have lost back-to-back games against AP top-10 Big Ten opponents.
#10 Penn State 17, No. 17 Iowa 12: Noah Cain ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:17 left and Penn State held off host Iowa for its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Cain finished with 102 yards for the Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak over the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2) to six games.
#16 Michigan 42, Illinois 25: Hassan Haskins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown, Zach Charbonnet added 116 yards rushing. The visiting Wolverines (5-1, 3-1 Big Ten) built a 28-0 lead by halftime, but turnovers and ineffective offense helped the Illini (2-4, 0-3) cut the lead to 28-25 with 12:50 left in the fourth quarter.
Louisville 62, #19 Wake Forest 59: Evan Conley ran 41 yards for a critical touchdown with 2:15 remaining, and visiting Louisville held off Wake Forest’s late rally to beat the Demon Deacons in the second-highest-scoring game in ACC history. Conley also threw two touchdown passes to Dez Fitzpatrick and Hassan Hall returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score to help the Cardinals (4-2, 2-1) spoil the first national ranking for Wake Forest (5-1, 1-1) in 11 years.
#22 Baylor 33, Texas Tech 30: JaMycal Hasty scored on a 5-yard run in the second overtime and host Baylor won its first game as a ranked team under coach Matt Rhule. Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), which went the length of the field at the end of regulation just to get to overtime, won on Hasty’s run after Trey Wolff’s 35-yard field goal for Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2) opened the second extra period.
Temple 30, #23 Memphis 28: Anthony Russo threw two touchdown passes and host Temple took advantage of four turnovers. Brady White passed for 355 yards and two scores for Memphis (5-1, 2-1 American), which fell behind 16-0 as the Owls (5-1, 2-0) turned the Tigers’ mistakes into points.
#25 Cincinnati 38, Houston 23: Desmond Ridder passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns and visiting Cincinnati held off Houston’s late surge. The Bearcats (5-1, 2-0 AAC) used a 21-point first half to pull away early and Perry Young’s late 2-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed their fourth straight win. The Cougars (2-4, 0-2) re-energized the crowd with Clayton Tune’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Stevenson to start the second half.